Performance vs. Russell Wilson Means Steelers Must Worry About Matt Hasselbeck

December 4, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Seattle Seahawks offense isn't known for being a pass-first, big-play throwing kind of team. But the way the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary has performed this year, that's how they looked in Week 12. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts, for 345 yards and five touchdowns, and averaged 11.5 yards per pass in the Steelers' 39-30 loss.
Because of this, the Steelers cannot overlook Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Sunday night. Hasselbeck, starting in place of Andrew Luck (lacerated kidney), is 4-0 this season, and he has completed 97 of his 150 pass attempts, for 1,023 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's taken eight sacks and is averaging 6.8 yards per pass.
While Hasselbeck does not air the football out like Luck—or even like Wilson is willing to do—what he has done this year could be enough to give the Steelers fits in coverage. Pro Football Focus' metrics show Hasselbeck is the fifth...

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